A few weeks ago, I complained that “literally” had lost its original meaning and was now its own antonym. Thanks to fellow language lovers, I learned there is a word for that: contronym.
A contronym is a word that is its own opposite. While I was aware of “literally,” and it annoyed me, there were many more that I had not considered. Here for your pondering pleasure, a short list of my new favourite contronyms:
Dust (v)- covering something in, or clearing something of particulate matter
Clip (v)- attach together, or cut apart
Deceptively adjective – appears to be that adjective but is not, or appears to not be that adjective but actually is.
Sanction (v) – officially approve of, or place limits on
Fast (adj) – Moving quickly, stuck in place.
Apology (n) – An admission of fault, a formal defense of opinions or actions.
Weather (v) – to withstand dangerous or harmful conditions, to be damaged or eroded due to harmful conditions.
Any other good ones that I’ve missed?
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